The national capital, New Delhi is a perfect blend of modernity and tradition. At one end of the city, there are so many historical monuments, each with their own unique architectural brilliance while at the other end, the city boasts of high end malls and metros. Delhi is comparatively cheaper than other metros too. The thrifty shopping places to the lip-smacking street food, there is nothing that is not there in Delhi! So, if you are planning to visit this city of love anytime soon, here are a few places that you must visit.
1. Red FortIt was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. This place has been the witness to several significant events. It was the cultural and political center of the Mughal state. Later, the fort became famous for Jawahar Lal Nehru’s speech just as India was about to wake up to independence from the British rule. Every year the Independence Day celebrations are held here and the fort houses many museums.
2. India GateIt was built for commemorating the 82000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives during the Third Anglo-Afghan War and the First World War. Every year the republic day celebrations are held here.
3. Qutub MinarThe structure of the tower resembles the Iranian architectural style. Local artistic conventions were also incorporated such as garlands, looped bells and lotuses as borders were also carved out. Different sections in the structure display inscriptions in Nagari and Parso-Arabic.
4. Rashtrapati BhavanIt is also the largest residence of the head of a state in the whole world. The Presidential residence includes huge gardens (the Mughal gardens). The architectural design is magnificent and it was done by the famous British architect Lutyens. There are many halls that are used for several functions and other purposes. The Ashoka hall and the Durbar hall are the major ones.
5. The Lotus TempleIt was constructed under the supervision of the Iranian architect, Fariborz Sahba. The central hall has 9 doors and around 2500 people can be accommodated at a time. The Bahai Faith and this temple have a close connection. Harmony among people is promoted by the Bahai Faith through a common worshipping place.
6. Akshardham TempleThis temple sits on the banks of Yamuna and is the best place to understand fascinating spiritual facts. It includes - Abhishek Mandap, a theme based garden, Sahaj Anand water show and three exhibitions such as Sanskruthi Darshan (a cultural boat ride), Neelkanth Darshan and Sahajanand Darshan.
7. Sarojini MarketThere are a number of inexpensive quality shopping places in Delhi. Sarojini Market tops the list. You get a range of items here starting from garments to food. It is almost always crowded and you get everything at unexpectedly low prices. For a hundred rupees, girls can easily get 5 kurtis here, so you can imagine how much you can make out of this place if you are highly efficient in bargaining.
8. Lodhi GardenSpread over an area of 90 acres, it’s a wonderful place for family picnics and morning walks. The beautiful architectural works unique to the garden are Bara Gumbad, Mohammad Shah’s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Sikandar Lodi’s Tomb.
9. Raj GhatIt is the burial site of our Father of the Nation. The red stone paths and well-maintained lawns add to the beauty of this place. It’s calm and serene. It also has memorials of other leaders such as Lal Bahadur Shastri, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, etc.
10. Connaught PlaceIt is the largest business, financial and commercial spots in India. Many Indian firms have their headquarters here. It has seen the emergence of several important buildings, markets, hotels and shops. You can do many things here, from shopping to binge eating to watching movie or just hanging out at Central Park.
11. Hauz KhasIt is a major tourist spot in South Delhi. The complex is strategically located with Gulmohar Garden to the North and Green Park to the west. Hauz Khas village clubs, cafes, etc are the most visited by the tourists as they can meet the locals from the neighbourhood here and learn a lot about their culture. And the Hauz Khas Fort was where the Bollywood movie ‘Rockstar’ had a few scenes shot.
12. Agrasen ki BaoliIt is a stepwell and is said to have been constructed for water conservation in the ancient times. It is 60-meter in length and 15-meter in width. This monument is protected under the Archaeological Survey of India. It is located in the centre of the city. Though there are many stories about this place being haunted but, nothing has ever been proven.
Delhi has a lot to offer indeed. In addition to the above, there are many other sightseeing places as well. One can never get bored in our amazing capital city.